Genre: Fiction

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Posted May 26, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. To start off this review, I actually want to pause and shout out to the main narrator, Graham Halstead.  I rarely talk about the narrators in my reviews even though most of my reading is audiobooks.  That said, when one is either very good or very bad, I like to highlight it.  Graham Halstead is fantastic.  Aside from having just the right cadence and buttery tone to embody James Watson, I’ve never noticed a narrator pay attention to the detail in book about the voice.  At one point, Watson mentions when he’s angry, his accent […]

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Posted May 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

They warned me this wasn’t as good as Lamb, but I didn’t listen. A Dirty Job has the same humor as I was expecting from Christopher Moore, but the pacing was a little more awkward here, and the jokes were much more abrasive.  In this book, Charlie Asher becomes a Death Merchant quite against his own will.  Death Merchants aren’t Grim Reapers… they’re more responsible for soul transference.  When someone dies, their soul is transferred into a beloved object, and it’s the job of people like Charlie to make sure these ascending souls get into the right hands. Of course, it’s all […]

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Posted May 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

At the very beginning, Magic for Liars intrigued me.  The prologue starts in a magical school – half high school, half Hogwarts – then in chapter one we’re transported to a delightfully film noir atmosphere as we’re introduced to Ivy Gamble.  From page one, the atmosphere in this book was spot on, and it’s the type of book that immediately draws you in. Throughout, the atmosphere, setting, and magic remains intriguing.  Explanations of the magical system are simple to understand, but complex enough to be impressive.  There’s a good balance of magic and reality to make the whole novel feel balanced […]

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted May 9, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

All the Crooked Saints was such a rollercoaster ride for me.  Going into it, I really wanted that same atmospheric magic I found in The Raven Boys but I was a bit hesitant because I’ve read quite a few “I was disappointed” reviews.  After I got a little while in – maybe 20% – I decided I wasn’t crazy about the narrator. Then, the Sorias swallowed me whole. This novel is so utterly unique in that it is in many ways a familiar story, but embracing a sort of magic in the world that makes it feel completely fresh.  It doesn’t […]

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Posted May 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

I want to blame the narrator of this audiobook, but I strongly suspect that I am not smart enough for The Book of Joan.  I found myself listening very hard to make sure I didn’t miss something important.  Conceptually, The Book of Joan is somehow both gruesome and beautiful and while I actually really liked it, it was a difficult listen for me.  Part warning, part dystopia, this book tells the story of the world after a nuclear event and the evolution and cruelty of the human race.  It is in some ways a retelling of the Joan of Arc story… […]